Chinese New Year
The Year of the Rat
The Chinese New Year of the Rat began on 25 January 2020. It is year 4718 on the Chinese Calendar.
The date of Chinese New Year varies each year and the next will be on 12 February 2021, when it will be the Year of the Ox.
What is Chinese New Year?
Find out what Chinese New Year is about, its importance as a festival in China and when it is celebrated. Here we explain how the timing of this festival is based on the phases of the moon known as the Lunar calendar.
Chinese New Year Customs
One in every six people in the world celebrate Chinese New Year. Customs vary in different parts of the world but everywhere the main idea is to remember family and wish everyone peace and prosperity in the coming year.
The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle, each of the years being named after an animal.
There are several legends about how the Chinese Zodiac animals were chosen. We have illustrated one of the most popular legends as a story for you to enjoy.
Chinese Dragon Game
Chinese Dragon maths game is an ordering and sequencing numbers game based on the Chinese New Year dragon theme. It's suitable for 5-11 year olds.
Make a cute rat card
To mark the Chinese New Year of the Rat, follow our free guide to make a cute rat card.